State Task Force Meeting held to review ongoing MR Vaccination Campaign

KOHIMA, Oct 25: The Department of Health & Family Welfare organized a State Task Force meeting to review the ongoing Measles Rubella vaccination campaign on 25 October 2018 at the Conference Hall, Office of the Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare.

Principal Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, I. Himato Zhimomi, who also chaired the meeting, urged the State and District Task Force and partners to continue their follow up actions and support in order to achieve high coverage. He suggested to the officers to highlight on the success story of the districts with high percentage of the MR Vaccination Campaign to lead districts with lower response in order to create awareness of the importance of the MR vaccination. He further appealed to all the parents to be well informed and avail the opportunity for the betterment of their children. He also requested the media to continue their support in highlighting the coverage of MR Vaccination.

SIO-UIP, Dr. Atoshe Sema said that the vaccination campaigns were done in four types of session sites – Educational Institutes, outreach sites, mobile/Special team, & facility based session sites. He added that support of departments other than H & FW are; School & Mass Education, Women & Child Development, Home Affairs, Information & Public Relations, Housing & Urban Development, Civil Aviation, Road Transport, Defence, Sports & Youth Services, Panchayati Raj, Canara Bank, Lions Club, and SBI.

He further  highlighted that in Nagaland MRV vaccine campaign status till 23rd October 2018 is 448504 with over all percentage of 76.62, where Dimapur’s percentage is 66.14%, Kiphire 91.13%, Kohima 71.27%, Longleng 96.88%, Mokokchung 95.36%, Mon 88.08%, Peren 85.73%, Phek 58.7%, Tuensang 94.06%, Wokha 80. 51%, Zunheboto 75.85%.

The SMO Dr. Sheila Longkumer said that overall, communication plans were well executed from the State through workshop for faith based organizations and media personnel and there was a very good involvement of staff at all levels of the State for the ongoing MRV campaign. Due to the good coordination between the departments and partners, the State has reached a target of 75% in 20 days. She also said that certain issues were identified such as, negative messages related to prophecies, rumours and reporting of adverse events in neighbouring states which caused fear and hesitancy among the people which led to reluctance and refusal of the vaccines. In order to achieve 100% target, she further said that there should be re-planning in the areas where enumeration and target setting has not been done properly, field validation of border areas/disputed areas to find missed pockets, State level special monitor for Phek district would be needed since that district has the lowest percentage of the MRV campaign status and the highest vaccine wastage percentage.

Opening remark was delivered by MD, NHM. Other highlights included presentation from the Departments and UNDF, UNICEF & others, followed by discussion.

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